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Re: [opensuse-packaging] On how to improve Rust packaging experience for suse
On Wed, 20 Nov 2019, Stasiek Michalski wrote:

On Wed, Nov 20, 2019 at 19:57, William Brown <wbrown@xxxxxxx> wrote:

On 20 Nov 2019, at 19:47, Stasiek Michalski <hellcp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Wed, Nov 20, 2019 at 10:08, Alberto Planas Dominguez <aplanas@xxxxxxx>
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 1:24:50 PM CET William Brown wrote:
The issue becomes fixes to vendored dependencies (of which there are ~200
think total. I directly have ~30 deps). Fixes to kanidm are simple to
and backport, but fixes for vendored code ... not so much. That's what
really be the issue is rust has no concept of a security update vs a
feature one - and most crates treat them as the same - updates. So you
have a vendor library that will both have security *and* feature changes,
which will quickly be a maintainers nightmare.
Vendoring can only be a temporary workaround until the crate ecosystem
more stable in OBS : (

Granted, somebody would need to use the crates at all, nobody does this
far. However 250 and something of them are already in

The crate system will never stabilise - that's the issue - you have hundreds
of crates vying to get the latest compiler features, and projects that
depend on them, and will set their versions accordingly. And because / rust has no concept of a security update vs feature update,
we'll have to update all the time.

If we try to package crates, we'll be forever in a mountain of continual
reviews and packaging.

But if we just focus on leaf packages which have vendored deps and the
compiler, that's much more manageable.

We have to focus on value for our time - is it worth our time to be doing
the crates? Or the projects that people use?

I think it's worth really highlighting *rust is not C*. We can not take our
traditional package ideals and apply it to rust else we'll fail. We need to
think about this differently. That's my point here. If we can't even keep
the compiler up to date with what projects need, how are we going to
maintain hundreds of crate versions?

rust2rpm allows us to package crates in minutes, having a script that
does that automatically for all the crates with osc sounds fairly simple
to do as well.

But then you have CI for Factory and that minutes turn into weeks :P


Richard Biener <rguenther@xxxxxxx>
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